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POSTED September 30, 2012 8:20 p.m.

California drops 3rd straight

BERKELEY  (AP) — When Zach Maynard wasn’t on his back absorbing another sack, he was usually making an off-target throw to one of his receivers. When California’s defense wasn’t allowing a big third-down completion, the Golden Bears were too often prolonging a drive with a needless penalty.

Add it all up, and it leads to a three-game losing streak and the worst start ever under coach Jeff Tedford.

Taylor Kelly threw for 292 yards and three touchdown passes and Arizona State sacked Maynard six times in a 27-17 victory over the Bears on Saturday.

Cal (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) is off to its worst start since losing the first 10 games in 2001 under Tom Holmoe — who was succeeded the following season by Tedford.

“It doesn’t feel great to be 1-4, but we have a lot of talent,” safety Avery Sebastian said. “We have a lot of great players on this team. We’ve got to cut down on the mental errors and work on the little things here and there and we’ll be OK. ... It doesn’t feel great right now, but we can bounce back.”

After a strong start to his tenure, Tedford has a losing record since the start of the 2009 season. His only win this year came against Southern Utah of the FCS, and the frustration from fans was evident all afternoon as Cal committed 12 penalties for 119 yards.



Navy offense shut down by San Jose State 12-0


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — After losing for the third time in four games, having his offense shut down and enduring his first shutout as Navy head coach, Ken Niumatalolo still couldn’t blame the effort of his team for a sluggish performance.

Austin Lopez kicked four field goals to complement a strong defensive effort as San Jose State blanked Navy 12-0 on Saturday, marking the first time in six years that the Midshipmen have been shut out.

“They kicked our butts, they played a really good game,” said Niumatalolo. “As bad as I feel for myself, no one feels worse than the young men in our locker room. They worked hard for this game, busted their butts all week and sacrificed a lot.”

Lopez’s kicks came from 29, 19, 32 and 43 yards as the Spartans failed to score a touchdown despite gaining 388 yards against the Navy defense.

Lopez, a freshman, is now 9 for 9 on field goal attempts this season. The 43-yard field goal matched his season-long.



Carr drives Fresno State by San Diego State 52-40


FRESNO  (AP) — Derek Carr threw for 536 yards and five touchdowns to make Fresno State’s first Mountain West Conference game a success in a 52-40 victory against San Diego State on Saturday night.

Carr completed 42 of 56 passes for the Bulldogs (3-2, 1-0). He is the fourth quarterback in school history to throw for over 500 yards in a game, the first since his brother, David, threw for 531 yards in the 2001 Silicon Valley Classic bowl game against Michigan State.

Leon McFadden’s 96-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Aztecs (2-3, 0-1) a 40-36 lead with 9:09 remaining in the third quarter. But Carr hit Isaiah Burse with a 31-yard scoring toss to give Fresno State the lead back, 43-40. After a Bulldogs field goal, Carr found Rashad Evans for a 5-yard TD pass for the final margin.

Fresno State had three 100-yard receivers: Evans had 10 catches for 100 yards and three TDs, Josh Harper nine for 120 yards and a score, and Davante Adams eight for 102 yards.



UC Davis claims Big Sky win over Weber State 37-13

DAVIS  (AP) — Dalton Turay’s three second-quarter touchdowns is all UC Davis needed to gain momentum in a 37-13 victory Saturday over Weber State.

Turay’s eight carries for 32 yards wasn’t spectacular but the Aggies defense was, holding Weber State to 6 of 15 third-down conversions while forcing three interceptions, two of which came from Byron Gruendl, and two fumbles.

It was the Aggies’ first Big Sky Conference home game in program history, and their first win within the new conference.

UC Davis (2-3, 1-1 Big Sky) was a perfect five-for-five in the red zone against the Wildcats. Kicker Brady Stuart had a good night for UC Davis, hitting all three of his field-goal attempts including a 40-yard try to put the Aggies out front 37-6 with 11:03 to go in the game.



Sacramento State defeats Idaho State 54-31


POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Garrett Safron passed for 202 yards and three touchdowns to lead Sacramento State to a 54-31 victory over Idaho State on Saturday.

Edgar Castaneda supplemented Safron’s effort with field goals of 41, 25, 38 and 50 yards.

Ezekiel Graham rushed for 158 yards and a touchdown as the Hornets (3-2, 1-1 Big Sky) rolled up 349 yards on the ground. He also had a 74-yard touchdown catch.

The first half was a back-and-forth affair with Sacramento State taking a 27-23 lead into the locker room. The teams combined for 646 yards of total offense with Idaho State (1-3, 0-1) holding a 334-312 edge.

The game was a statistical dead heat as the Hornets finished with 551 yards of total offense while the Bengals had 532.

Idaho State’s Kevin Yost completed 44 of 73 passes for 534 yards but was intercepted twice.

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